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Caste, local networks and lucrative jobs: Evidence from rural Nepal

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  • Hatlebakk, Magnus

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    (CMI (Chr. Michelsen Istitute))

  • Iversen, Vegard

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    (Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration), PhD (Cambridge).)

  • Torsvik, Gaute

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    (University of Bergen)

Abstract

Abstract: We study how local connections to persons in influential positions affect access to migrant jobs and government employment. In rural Nepal, it would not be surprising if social status strongly influenced the access to attractive labor market opportunities. This is not the case. Although much of the variation in migration can be attributed to wealth, education and social identity, household networks have a separate impact on external employment. Wellconnected households are more likely to get government jobs and appear to have favorable access to the manpower agencies and informal loans required to finance migration to the Persian Gulf or Malaysia.

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Paper provided by University of Bergen, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 01/11.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jan 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bergec:2011_001

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Keywords: Geographic labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers; Model Construction and Estimation; Regional Migration; Regional Markets; Population; Neighborhood Characteristics;

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  1. Winters, Paul C. & de Janvry, Alain & Sadoulet, Elisabeth, 1999. "Family And Community Networks In Mexico-U.S. Migration," Working Papers 12907, University of New England, School of Economics.
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Cited by:
  1. Jeetendra P. Aryal & Stein T. Holden, 2012. "Livestock and land share contracts in a Hindu society," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 43(5), pages 593-606, 09.
  2. Magnus Hatlebakk, 2013. "Intergenerational determinants of occupational choice: The case of international labor migration from Nepal," CMI Working Papers 2, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.

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